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Double VisionSo much for sophomore jinxes that almost always go hand-in-hand with groups that explode onto the scene. Overflowing with first-rate songwriting, lascivious hooks, and sing-a-long choruses, Foreigners Double Vision lays waste to conventional sophomore-release wisdom and went on to actually exceed the popularity of the bands blockbuster debut. More than seven million copies and two Top Five singles later, the 1978 set still rocks with definite purpose.
Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelitys collectible audiophile 180g LP of this longtime favorite classic-rock staple bursts with tremendous dynamics, soaring vocal timbres, bottom-end punch, and newfound instrumental separation. Sure, you may have heard songs such as Double Vision and Hot Blooded countless times, but trust us, youve never really heard them (outside of an arena setting, stadium amplifiers blaring) like this. You may just find yourself investing in a new power amp to get every last degree of detail thats been uncovered!
Synonymous with AOR (album-oriented rock), Foreigner essentially perfects the style throughout this concise, focused, down-and-dirty ten-song set. The key to any memorable 70s rock record is a catchy single, and the quintet has several lying in the waiting. The title track, inspired by New York Rangers goalie John Davidson getting whacked in the head by a hockey puck, spills over with double-entendre meaning, tough-cut riffs, and a rotating groove, not to mention a mystical keyboard refrain. Equally memorable, and a permanent part of any radio stations rotation, Hot Blooded is the ideal come-on, the groups open-ended rhythm and dance-inspiring beats pouring with promise, salaciousness, and ass-kicking sexuality. A terrific power ballad infused with woe and longing, Blue Morning, Blue Day features insistent harmonies and piano notes that grab you by the collar and doesnt let go.
Of course, great songs alone dont make for great records. The bands chemistry and performance needs to be on par with that of the material. And what else can be said of leather-lunged vocalist Lou Gramm and guitar-hero Mick Jones save for the fact the pair combine for a legendary one-two punch, leading their mates through sensational melodies and swaggering leads. Seldom has the balance between tough and polished, light and heavy, fun and reserved been better established and maintained.
Ready to rock out? Wait until you hear Mobile Fidelitys analog remaster. Itll bring back (double) visions of hot stage lights, dry-ice fog, feel-good times, and amplifiers cranked to 10only this time, the experience will take place inside the confines of your own home. Check it and see!
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Hot Blooded
2. Blue Morning, Blue Day
3. You're All I Am
4. Back Where You Belong
5. Love Has Taken Its Toll
6. Double Vision
8. I Have Waited So Long
9. Lonely Children
10. Spellbinder$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Jacuzzi BoysMiami FLA's always colorful, never dull, Jacuzzi Boys have created another sonic masterpiece to add to their astonishing catalogue of pop, glam, double-hubble rock!
Jacuzzi Boys lp opener Be My Prism pops and sizzles while tracks like Double Vision, Dust, and Domino Moon excite the night until you see the sunlight. Black Gloves provides a cool bedroom breeze while flowers melt when they hear the goregeous album stand out Heavy Horse. File under: RIGHTEOUS1. Be My Prism
2. Black Gloves
3. Double Vision
6. Over the Zoom
8. Heavy Horse
10. Domino Moon
11. Ultraglide$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
TotaledWoozy, heart-pounding and subject to double-vision, Totaled is an all-in album, an unsprung clock. In it is the swamp electro of 2003's We Are The Wild Beast, the nightmare throb of 2005's Invasive Exotics, and the sonic angel dream of 2008's Free Gold. It's a crash course in sound + vision.1. Oceans
2. Look Alive
3. Lapis Lazuli
4. Excessive Moonlight
7. Tono Bungay
10. Diamond Things
11. Never Been Better
12. Parlous Siege & Chapel
13. Heaven's World Destroyer
14. Touching the Roof of the Sun
15. Dog Days$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PrimariesWIN WIN is the Brooklyn production trio of Alex Epton (producer XXX¢hange), Chris Devlin, and Ryan Sciaino (DJ/video artist Ghostdad). A band that at every step further defies classification, WIN WIN conjures its most transportive work to date with Primaries: an elastic and hyper-modern album of seductive pop permanence. Moving away from sampling as instrument and inspiration, Primaries is firmly in the realm of the analog and psychedelic: anthropomorphic and cybernetic: a blueprint for a sound that's simultaneously classic and futuristic. Couch Paranoia blows in on a wind of living, breathing synthesizers, disembodied arpeggios and call-and-response robotics. Album centrepiece Been So Long (penned with TV On The Radio's Jahphet Landis) crystallizes in perfect chorus, while the vintage sun-kissed surf jam Waster certifies WIN WIN as 'pure hedonistic pleasure-center music' (Stereogum). Newly signed to Arts & Crafts, following WIN WIN (2011) and Double Vision (2012) on Vice Records, WIN WIN has made an absolute monster of an artwork with the zeitgeist of 2015 as its source. With Primaries, the WIN WIN three have honed their most imaginative statement yet. The possibilities are endless when matching human to machine: this is the new chromatic sheen.1. It's Karma Too
2. Been So Long
3. Couch Paranoia
7. Don't Freak Out
8. Holly Body
9. Wash 'N' Repeat$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
40 (Awaiting Repress)Foreigner will celebrate 40 years as one of rock's most popular and enduring acts with a new career-spanning compilation titled 40 that features 23 hits from 40 years recorded between 1977 and 2017.
Following its self-titled debut in 1977, Foreigner went on to record some of rock's most enduring anthems - "Juke Box Hero" and "Hot Blooded" - as well as the #1 smash "I Want To Know What Love Is." The group has 10 multi-platinum albums to its credit and is one of the best-selling bands of all time, with worldwide sales in excess of 75 million.
40 brings together the best songs from Foreigner's nine studio albums, including all 16 of its Top 30 hits: "Feels Like The First Time," "Cold As Ice," "Waiting For A Girl Like You" and more. The collection features "Too Late" from the group's 2008 retrospective No End In Sight and "The Flame Still Burns," the title track from a vinyl EP released just last year. All prior recordings have been remastered.
The first LP covers Foreigner's first five albums: Foreigner (1977), Double Vision (1978), Head Games (1979), 4 (1981) and Agent Provocateur (1984). The 21 tracks include some the group's biggest hits ("Urgent" and "Feels Like The First Time") as well as deeper cuts like "Luanne." The second LP features songs from Inside Information (1987), Unusual Heat (1991), Mr. Moonlight (1994) and Can't Slow Down (2009), and features "Rain," "When It Comes to Love" and "Heart Turns To Stone."LP 1
1. Feels Like The First Time
2. Cold As Ice
3. Hot Blooded
4. Double Vision
5. Dirty White Boy
6. Head Games
8. Juke Box Hero
10. Waiting For A Girl Like You
11. I Want To Know What Love Is
12. That Was Yesterday
1. Heart Turns To Stone
2. Can't Wait
3. Soul Doctor
6. When It Comes To Love
7. Can't Slow Down
8. Too Late
9. Say You Will
10. I Don't Want To Live Without You
11. The Flame Still Burns$31.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Records: Greatest HitsVery First Time on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Mastered Impeccably from the Original Atlantic Records Tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Records in Hollywood
The legendary rockers Foreigner set the music world on fire back in 1977 with their superstar brand of rock and roll. Augmented with the brilliant musicianship of founding members Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, their initial offerings would prove to become the huge catalyst for things to come. For their next four smash albums, Foreigner, Double Vision, Head Games and Foreigner 4, the singles and hit album tracks would take the band to the top of all the popular music charts as these masterpiece albums would become classic rock manna for the ages. Their performances were of legendary proportion, which still makes them one of the most successful live acts of the classic rock era. With massive radio airplay and of course an amazing string of top chart singles and number one albums, Foreigner to this day are still revered and loved by their continual growing legion of fans worldwide.
After delivering a plethora of hits in rapid succession for Atlantic Records, the label honored this hugely popular band with their incredible greatest hits album simply titled Records. Filled with a treasure trove of chart topping singles and hit album tracks from their first four smash albums, this incredible 1982 effort awarded these rock legends with one of the biggest greatest hits albums ever released, with over seven million units sold!
No stone is left unturned, as this 10 track masterpiece is loaded with hit after hit with smashes like Cold As Ice, Double Vision, Urgent, Long, Long Way From Home, and Head Games. As one of the most enduring albums in their massive career catalog, Records includes even more significant hit tracks like the beautiful Lou Gramm/Mick Jones masterpiece Waiting For A Girl Like You and more hard rock classic hits like Hot Blooded, Juke Box Hero and the one that started it all Feels Like The First Time. All in all, a collection of songs which took the fans by storm, forever associating the title superstars to the Foreigner franchise.1. Cold As Ice
2. Double Vision
3. Head Games
4. Waiting For A Girl Like You
5. Feels Like The First Time
7. Dirty White Boy
8. Juke Box Hero
9. Long, Long Way From Home
10. Hot Blooded$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Rainbow Bridge (Soundtrack)
Remastered By Bernie Grundman From The Original Analog Masters
Rainbow Bridge is being reissued on vinyl, reintroduced with original album art and track orders and remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog masters.
Rainbow Bridge was compiled and mixed by Eddie Kramer and Mitch Mitchell in 1971, with the help of Electric Lady Studios engineer John Jansen. Most of the tracks were recorded in 1969 and 1970, during the same sessions that spawned The Cry Of Love. Rainbow Bridge is often misconstrued as being an entirely live album, being that the film of the same name features excerpts of a live Jimi Hendrix performance in Maui. However, Hendrix had no role in the creation of the rambling, unfocused 1971 film which was directed by Chuck Wein. The film was not a Hendrix project in any way but instead an independent vision of his manager Michael Jeffery. After Hendrix's death in September 1970, Jeffery scrapped Hendrix's original vision of a double studio album titled First Rays Of The New Rising Sun and called for Kramer, Mitchell and Jansen to compile two posthumous albums-including one that would that would serve as a soundtrack for the Rainbow Bridge film.
Mitchell, Kramer and Jansen drew upon Hendrix's rich trove of studio recordings that the guitarist had been developing at Electric Lady Studios. Songs such as ''Dolly Dagger'' and ''Room Full Of Mirrors'' were bright examples of Hendrix's new creative direction. Other standouts on the album included a studio rendition of ''Star Spangled Banner'' as well as the majestic ''Hey Baby (New Rising Sun).'' The one live track on the album, an extraordinary rendition of Hendrix's original blues composition ''Hear My Train A Comin''' is taken from a performance at Berkeley Community Theatre in May of 1970, and not in the film at all. Buddy Miles and Noel Redding both appear on one track each, and the Ronettes provide backing vocals on ''Earth Blues.''
After Hendrix's death in September 1970, First Rays Of The New Rising Sun was scrapped and instead two posthumous albums were created from the sessions, including one that would serve as a soundtrack for the Rainbow Bridge film.1. Dolly Dagger
2. Earth Blues
3. Pali Gap
4. Room Full of Mirrors
5. Star Spangled Banner (studio version)
6. Look Over Yonder
7. Hear My Train A Comin' (live)
8. Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)$24.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I Feel So Far Away: Anthology 1974-1998As one quarter of one of the most influential bands of the 20th century, Maureen Moe Tuckers work in the Velvet Underground created a template for all rock drummers that followed. Even today, Moes primal, tribal rhythms can be heard in countless songs from artists around the globe. Her no-nonsense style, spare kit, no drum stool, almost no cymbals, conveyed an urgency and an honesty that was the foundation of the bands sound. In a patchouli-soaked world of 20 minute double-bass drum solos, Moe kept it simple, direct and to the point. As Lou Reed put it, Shes the driving force. The hardcore heart of the Velvets mindset.
Following her tenure with VU, Moe emerged as a solo artist, building a body of work that stretched over three decades. Ranging from home recordings to collaborations with members of Sonic Youth, Violent Femmes, Half-Japanese and her former band, the songs cover a gamut of styles but all bear the unmistakable thumbprint of their creator. Released by various independent labels on LPs, EPs, singles and compact discs, collecting her catalog has been a daunting task. This compilation finally gathers those far-flung tracks in one place.
More than just a drummer, Moe is a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, bass, sax, keyboards, harmonica and whatever else the song might need. For prime examples of her DIY recording technique, check out her rendition of Chuck Berrys Around and Around from her debut LP Playin Possum. Recording that album at home on a four-track tape recorder allowed Moe to reconnect with her rock roots and eventually led to a return to live performing.
Moving to Douglas, Georgia as a single mother in the early 80s greatly impacted her songwriting. Themes of workaday blues and tough times are reflected in songs like Spam Again and Thats B.A.D. Loss is also a recurring topic, as in Andy, a touching tribute to the late Andy Warhol. However, it is not all darkness and melancholia. Bursts of exuberance in songs like Hey Mersh! and her loving cover of Bo Diddley radiate infectious joy. Moe also faces the VU legacy head on, reinterpreting seminal tracks like Heroin, Im Waiting for the Man, Pale Blue Eyes and Im Sticking with You and making them her own. Of all the former Velvets, Moes solo work is perhaps the most direct continuation of the bands sound and structure. She never lost her love for pure, lean rock and roll.
This collection has been mastered by Sundazeds Bob Irwin and includes notes by David Fricke. Available on three LPs, Sundazed is honored to present this first-ever career anthology for an uncompromising artist of remarkable tenacity and vision.1. Bo Diddley
3. Slippin and Slidin
4. Around and Around
5. Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
5. Im Sticking With You
7. Guess Im Falling in Love
9. Hey Mersh!
10. Pale Blue Eyes
12. Talk So Mean (alternate mix)
13. Fired Up (single version)
14. Too Shy (single version)
15. Thats B.A.D.
17. Blue, All the Way to Canada
18. Then He Kissed Me
19. Im Not
20. Im Waiting for the Man
21. Spam Again (live)
22. Crackin Up
23. Ive Seen Into Your Soul
24. Poor Little Fool
25. I Wanna
26. To Know Him is to Love Him
27. Last Night I Said Goodbye to My Friend
28. After Hours$47.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Based On A True Story (Awaiting Repress)Clear Vinyl - limited to 1250
Etched D-side with no center label while C-side has double-printed center label that shows through other side
Based on a True Story is the second studio album by American pop punk band The Starting Line.
Available on vinyl for the first time.
Double LP with D Side film canister etching featuring a double print center label. Mastered for vinyl at Lucky Lacquers. First pressing is on clear variants, enhancing the double printed center label. Future represses will not include the double printed center label or clear vinyl.
'Based On A True Story' brilliantly blends the fresh and the familiar: 'Bedroom Talk' and 'The World' summons visions of thousands of fists in the air, while 'Surprise, Surprise' displays The Starting Line's uncanny ability to be at once contemplative.1. Action
2. Making Love to the Camera
3. Inspired by the $
4. Bedroom Talk
5. Surprise, Surprise
8. Artistic License
9. Stay Where I Can See You
10. The B-List
11. The World
13. Cut! Print It$35.99Clear Vinyl LP - 2 LPs AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Hannibal OST Season 2 Vol 2 (Colored Vinyl)Hemochrome Red Colored Vinyl
Invada Records are proud to announce the vinyl release of two volumes of music from season 2 of hit NBC television series HANNIBAL by Brian Reitzell. Spread across two double gatefold LPs with each volume available as 140gm and colored variants. Accompanying the release, director David Slade has provided rare photos from his personal collection for the artwork. Each double LP is housed in a gatefold sleeve. The music has been sequenced in the chronological order they appears on the show itself, allowing for an essential listening experience as dictated by the music's creator. Over the last decade and a half, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Reitzell has created his own unique method of scoring films, drawing equally from his experience as a recording and touring musician with bands such as Redd Kross and Air, and his massive knowledge of recorded music. His vision is to create a seamless landscape of songs, score, and found music for each soundtrack. Brian's explorations of new sounds add unique character to visual images. Brian's past films include THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, LOST IN TRANSLATION (for which he received a BAFTA award nomination), CQ, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, STRANGER THAN FICTION, THUMBSUCKER, MARIE ANTOINETTE, THE BROTHERS BLOOM, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, BEGINNERS, and RED RIDING HOOD. His video game credits include his critically acclaimed score for THQ's RED FACTION: ARMAGEDDON and the upcoming WATCH DOGS for Ubisoft.1. Su-Zakana
4. K No Mono
7. Bloodfest (From Mizumono)$33.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
All My Friends Are Funeral SingersCalifone's releases are full of layers and textures, offering endless depth, entire universes to lose yourself in, and beyond the thick spectrum of sound, they do something even more important: they write great songs that will stand the test of time. The band is at the peak of its powers on All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, its sixth song based album. The long-awaited follow-up to 2006's acclaimed Roots and Crowns, the album is the strongest collection of songs in a career with no shortage of strength. The subtlety and detail of Califone's previous work is present here; the atmospheres are carefully nuanced, the percussion is both rattling and melodic, and the melodies are rich and soulful.
All My Friends Are Funeral Singers is a dense collage of sounds, expertly formed into fully realized pop songs and it's the record that the great Roots and Crowns hinted at. The songwriting is fleshed out, the musical vision is boiling over, the sonic experimentation is indulgent and dense, yet there's a great cohesion, a sense of purpose and a newfound focus to this Califone effort. Never has the band felt so vibrant and so alive!
This double LP edition contains music exclusive to the vinyl edition of the release on side 4.1. Giving Away the Bride
2. Polish Girls
4. Funeral Singers
5. Snakes Tooth = Protection Against Fever And Luck In Gambling
8. A Wish Made While Burning Onions Will Come True
10. Alice Marble Gray
13. Seven, Fourteen, Or Twenty Knots
14. Better Angels$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
New Clouds (Discontinued)A few things have changed for Adam Forkner since his last White Rainbow album from 2007, Prism of Eternal Now. A national tour with fellow kranky heads Valet and Atlas Sound, and countless hours jamming with Portland avant-music collective Rob Walmart inspired him to hunker down and dig deeper into his personal vision of what head music can be. The success of Prism finally catapulted Forkner's White Rainbow project from the deep semi-obscure trenches of the west coast psychedelic/noise underground into the fickle arms of a slightly wider audience. In a perhaps misguided reaction to the ever-widening trend of musicians trading in a pound of adventurousness for an ounce of accessibility, Forkner has turned White Rainbow into an even more spontaneous and open-ended musical project and has shaped this new double album into a dense, lengthy exploration of the relationship between hypnotic, circular, fourth-world drum rhythms, acid-boogie guitar, and drifting sheets of fuzzy psychedelic drone. The tracks on New Clouds are a tug-of-war between stasis and change, the desire to meld the meditative effects of a near static drone with the uplifting trip of free-flowing compositions. Slowly melting fluorescent sunsets morph into drapes of psychedelic fog, rumbling over cacophonous rhythms.1. Tuesday Rollers and Strollers
2. Major Spillage
3. All The Boogies In The World
4. Monday Boogies Forward Forever$17.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Loud City SongDouble LP Comes With Printed 7"x7" Accordion Fold Out Featuring Album Lyrics And Handdrawn Illustrations
Loud City Song is the new studio recording by Los Angeles based artist Julia Holter. The album is Holter's third full length release in as many years - following 2011's groundbreaking debut Tragedy and last year's follow-up, the critically lauded Ekstasis.
Loud City Song is both a continuation and a furthering of the fiercely singular and focused vision displayed by its predecessors; taking as it does Holter's rare gift for merging high concept,
compositional prowess and experimentation with pop sensibility and applying it to a set of even more
daringly beautiful arrangements and emotionally resonant songs.
The songs that make up Loud City Song have origins that pre-date 2011's debut Tragedy - coaxed out and finessed as demos in Holter's bedroom studio and then finally coalesced into one thrillingly cohesive experience in the latter stages of 2012 by Holter and co-producer Cole Marsden Grief-Neill and an ensemble of Los Angeles musicians. The result is an album of enormous ambition - Holter taking inspiration from Collette's 1944 novella Gigi and using it as a prism through which to explore her
relationship with her hometown of Los Angeles and modern life universally, taking cues from the work of Joni Mitchell and the poetry of Frank O'Hara but forging those touch-points into something resolutely
2. Maxim's I
3. Horns Surrounding Me
4. In The Green Wild
5. Hello Stranger
6. Maxim's II
7. He's Running Through My Eyes
8. This Is a True Heart
9. City Appearing$20.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Church Within
Features Two Bonus Tracks
Includes Added Photos and Original Album Art With Lyrics
Includes a New Note From Wino Himself
Biker metal, doom metal, stoner metal whatever metal subgenre you
want to fit him into, Scott "Wino" Weinrich has been at the forefront of it
for over thirty years. The unmistakable rasp of his lead vocals and thick, fuzzy Gibson
guitar tone have spearheaded bands ranging from Saint Vitus to Spirit Caravan to Probot,
but for many his crowning achievement (and most accessible one) was The Church
Within, the last album he made with his first band, The Obsessed, for Columbia in 1994.
His lone major label release, The Church Within features the dark vision and crushing,
slow-motion riffs beloved by fans of Black Sabbath, but the driving intensity and atonal guitar solos recall
Motörhead and Black Flag, respectively; in short, this album transcends genre classifications even as it defines
them. Now, for the first time, this lost classic of '90s metal is being reissued by Real Gone Music on double
180-gram gatefold vinyl with two bonus tracks (the single "Mental Kingdom" and the unreleased track "Melancholy
Grey"), added photos, the original album art with lyrics and a new note from Wino himself. Everyone from Henry
Rollins to Dave Grohl to Ian MacKaye has sung Wino's praises time to join the chorus.LP 1
1. To Protect And To Serve
2. Field Of Hours
4. Blind Lightning
5. Neatz Brigade
6. A World Apart
2. Climate Of Despair
5. Touch Of Everything
7. Living Rain
8. Mental Kingdom (1994 Version) (Bonus Track)
9. Melancholy Grey (1994 Version-Unreleased) (Bonus Track)$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Shaved FishAt the time of its release, Shaved Fish didn't attract as much attention as any compilation of John Lennon's work would have either a few years before or a few years after. Lennon had just issued the somewhat disappointing genre album, Rock 'n' Roll, and was only a year from Walls and Bridges, not one of his strongest albums, and had also grown somewhat stale as a public figure. Drawing on his singles up to that point in his career, it shows a punkier, more defiant vision of Lennon's work than subsequent compilations, which would dwell on a broader cross section of his output. Happy Christmas and Imagine are moments of peace in the company of artifacts from his political/agitprop (Power to the People) and primal scream (Mother) periods, and his attempts at topical songwriting (Woman Is the Nigger of the World), and Whatever Gets You Through the Night, which was unique to this LP, was a better piece of mainstream rock & roll than any of the late-'50s numbers that he ground out for Rock 'n' Roll. This collection, which was the last LP release to come from Lennon in any form until Double Fantasy five years later, was the only compilation of his work released in Lennon's own lifetime, and has since been supplanted by various posthumous assemblies of his music.
- Bruce Eder (All Music)1. Give Peace a Chance
2. Cold Turkey
3. Instant Karma!
4. Power to the People
6. Woman Is the Nigger of the World
8. Whatever Gets You Thru the Night
9. Mind Games
10. #9 Dream
11. Medley: Happy Xmas (War Is over)/Give Peace a Chance (Reprise)$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
New Slaves Part II: Essence Implosion! EPZs New Slaves Part II: Essence Implosion! EP on Limited Edition 12 LP + Digital Download With Bonus Tracks
Zs album New Slaves Part II: Essence Implosion! serves as a companion (or sequel) to New Slaves, their acclaimed double album from the spring of 2010 and features a series of focused and diverse remixes of that material by such luminaries as Thee Majesty (Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Bryin Dall), JG Thirlwell (Foetus), Cex, Gabe Andruzzi (The Rapture), Zebrablood (Excepter), Weasel Walter (Flying Luttenbachers), and Ecstatic Sunshine. It is fascinating to hear these wholly individual talents pontificate about what the music of Zs is to them through their own sounds.
Zs also insinuate themselves in to the mix contributing the opening track MMW IV: Essence Implosion!, a side long epic which uses the aforementioned remixes as a sound palette from which to compose. On it they have furthered the band's kalaedoscopic membership principle that has long centered around the vision of tenor/saxist Sam Hillmer. For this recording he is joined by no-wave hero Weasel Walter, WFMU's Marty McSorely (to put the mix in the remix at the tables), and long-time Zs drummer Ian Antonio. The track also sees the return of founding Zs member, and Extra Life pioneer, Charlie Looker.
On New Slaves Part II: Essence Implosion! Zs' continue to embrace the studio as instrument, including not just the faculties of a studio in their process, but outside remixers and producers as well, demonstrating the ultimately collaborative nature of their approach to music. It is both the perfect accompaniment to New Slaves and a definitive musical statement in its own right. Zs have managed to craft a work that both reflects on (and even interacts with) their past, while also looking forward to its future through new collaborations.1. MMW IV: Essence Implosion!
2. Concert Black (Thee Majesty Remix)
3. Acres (Cex Vs. Remix)
4. New Slaves (JG Thirlwell Remix)$16.99Vinyl 12 LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Crow Left Of The Murder...Double gatefold sets presented on 180-gram audiophile vinyl.
At the beginning of their career, Incubus was rightly lumped in with the legions of post-Korn alt metal/rap-rock bands swarming America in the latter days of the 20th century. But by their third album, 1999's Make Yourself, they had separated from the pack, as indicated by the presence of producer Scott Litt, best-known for his work with R.E.M. It signaled that the band was serious, and they began expanding their rap-metal template on that album and its follow-up, 2001's Morning View, completing their transition from juvenelia to maturity with 2003's Crow Left of the Murder. Switching from Litt to producer Brendan O'Brien, a man who has been with Pearl Jam longer than any of their drummers, Incubus has opted for a clean, crisp yet heavy sound which allows them to aggressively switch from crunching metallic riffs to jazzy prog interludes. It's an expansive musical vision charged with some righteous anger; although vocalist Brandon Boyd doesn't write explicit protests, there sure are enough allusions to social turbulence to make this the first politically aware alt metal album in many a year. This maturation is even more evident in the music, how the band actually swings on Zee Deveel, or how guitarist Michael Einzinger's jazz-influenced solos seem both carefully constructed and casually tossed off, or how Boyd's voice shifts from song to song (or during a song, as on the opening Megalomaniac, which sounds like a bizarre blend of Mr. Mister's Richard Page and John Lydon). All this maturation does mean that Incubus may shed some older fans, since the naked ambitions on this record are far removed from the earnest, angst-ridden earlier records, but so be it -- A Crow Left of the Murder... is far more interesting than any of their other records, or their peers'. At times, they may stretch themselves a little too far here, but the ambition is admirable and the achievements are tangible -- a real breakthrough for the band.
2. A Crow Left of the Murder
4. Talk Show on Mute
5. Beware! Criminal
6. Sick Sad Little World
8. Southern Girl
10. Zee Deveel
11. Made for TV Movie
12. Smile Lines
13. Here in My Room
14. Leech$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Some Girls Wander By MistakeSOME GIRLS WANDER BY MISTAKE, a title taken from a Leonard Cohen lyric, and the title for the album that comprises the earliest days of The Sisters of Mercy's career, before signing to WEA in 1984. Featuring everything from their very first single, 1980's 'The Damage Done', debuted on the band's own Merciful Release label, through their early indie rise to cult acclaim with 'Alice', 'Temple of Love' and The Reptile House EP.
Continuing the series of 'era' box set releases, we will be compiling these Merciful Release recordings into the 'Some Girls Wander By Mistake' box for release this September; featuring the original album, on 180g double LP, plus two 12 singles taken from that era Temple of Love (1992) and Under the Gun. The 12 EPs will also include the 1992 version of 'Temple Of Love' featuring Ofra Haza, the Canadian Club Mix of 'Vision Thing' (their final official recording), 'Under The Gun' featuring Terri Nunn of Berlin fame plus a 1993, re-recorded version of 1982's 'Alice'.Some Girls Wander By Mistake (1981-1983)
5. Kiss The Carpet
10. Kiss The Carpet (Reprise)
1. Temple Of Love (Extended Version 1983)
3. Gimme Shelter
4. The Damage Done
6. Home Of The Hit-Men
7. Body Electric
Temple Of Love (1992) 12 Single
1. Temple Of Love (1992) Touched By The Hands Of Ofra Haza
2. Vision Thing (Canadian Club Remix)
Under The Gun (1993) 12 Single
1. Under The Gun (Metropolis Mix)
2. Alice (1993 version)
3. Under The Gun (Jutland Mix)$79.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Dopesmoker (Awaiting Repress)
It is with an immense amount of pride that Southern Lord brings you a mighty offering from the gods known as Sleep! In 2011, Southern Lord was contacted by Sleeps' Al Cisneros about the possibility of releasing a deluxe version of the classic Sleep recording: Dopesmoker. Cisneros wanted to breathe some new life into the old beast and finally have the original vision of the album fully realized. Southern Lord was overwhelmingly ecstatic about the challenge of taking the reigns of one of the most important recordings in the history of Heavy Metal!
The Lord version features brand new artwork by long time Sleep artist, Arik Roper, who created something specifically special for the albums' rebirth. The biggest difference between this new version and the old releases is the phenomenal remastering job by From Ashes Rise guitarist, Brad Boatright (OFF!, Noothgrush, Deviated Instinct). His vision was to enhance the original recording without changing it drastically.
What he has done makes this epic opus sound invigorated, more powerful with renewed clarity and all-around unbelievably mammoth. His work was enthusiastically approved by the band and considering how focused, vigilant and protective of their masterpiece the band is, that is nothing short of a miracle! Also exclusive to the reborn version of Dopesmoker, is a unreleased live track of one of the best songs the band ever did, "Holy Mountain." Purple 180g double vinyl pressing from Southern Lord with bonus track and brand new artwork in thick Stoughton gatefld jacket with spot uv-varnish.
Formed as a Bay Area hc/punk rock band called Asbestosdeath, the band changed their musical direction and name and debuted as Sleep with their Volume One album in 1991. After Justin Marler left the band, the core lineup of Al Cisneros, Matt Pike and Chris Hakius went into the studio to record a demo cassette that they sent to Earache Records. The recording was released in November of 1992 (exactly as received by the label!) under the name Sleep's Holy Mountain and went on to forever alter the musical landscape. Countless current bands cite Sleep's Holy Mountain as a major inspiration, and the unique sound and style of the record can be heard in many subsequent releases by bands from all over the world.
Sleep's Holy Mountain created such a humongous buzz that major label London Records signed the band. Unfortunately, the label lacked the vision necessary to actually follow through and release the album that Sleep recorded, mostly because it took the not-radio-friendly form of a single song, a 63 minute long ode to weed, called "Dopesmoker." Sleep returned to the studio and edited the track down to 52 minutes and re-titled it "Jerusalem," but it was again rejected. London Records shelved the record and dropped the band, leading to their dissolution.
Dopesmoker was recorded by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Melvins) at Record Two Studio in Comptche, California. While recording the song, it began to form differently than the band had originally envisioned. Pike stated that "The song was getting slower and slower and then it got weird. We started tripping out and second guessing ourselves." Recording the album was difficult. Pike recalled that "There was so much to memorize for that album, and we had to do it in like three different sections because a reel-to-reel only holds 22 minutes. It was really cool, but it was one of the hardest things I've ever done in in my life." Sleep were in the studio for one month then went home to rehearse and returned for another month. Pike noted that they ended up with two or three different versions of the song.
In the aftermath of the breakup of the band, four versions of the album were released. In 1999, Jerusalem came out with a running time of 52 minutes and is a single composition split into six identically-named tracks. There are 3 different versions/releases of Jerusalem: (1) a rare London Records promotional disc, (2) a bootleg with cover art by Arik Roper, and (3) the Rise Above/Music Cartel Records release. All three of these versions are edited and considered unauthorized versions. The version of the album titled Dopesmoker was released on April 22, 2003 by Tee Pee Records on compact disc and vinyl with a 63-minute running time. That version is the only version the band considers to be "authorized" and worthy of release. Dopesmoker stands as one of the towering achievements in recent metal history... a mesmerizing, intoxicating, and incredibly complex song that is still unrivaled in the annals of (stoner) metal!LP1
1. Holy Mountain (Live at the I-Beam, San Francisco, CA 1994)
2. Sonic Titan (Live at Gilman St, San Francisco, CA 1992)$28.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
QuarterbacksQUARTERBACKS started as a short-lived duo playing too-fast love songs backed by guitar and a single snare drum. Basement style, old smelly carpets, house shows for punk and patch kids. This was in New
Paltz, a college town at the bottom of a mountain in upstate New York. Dean (Dean Engle, the band's songwriter/vocalist) worked at one of the town's two record shops, as K Records-obsessed small town boys
The QUARTERBACKS line-up combusted after a handful of shows. The songs sat dormant until January 2012 when Dean enlisted Max Restaino and Tom Christie to revive the project. The new three-piece
expanded the original vision, playing love-obsessed songs with limited affectation. The songs averaged under-2 minutes, and the DIY ethic remained firm. A few tape-only releases came into being (See the
brilliant Double Double Whammy Records of Brooklyn NY).
Two years of upstate basement shows further refined their efficient twee punk set, new songs slowly forming from familiar themes and chord patterns, progress through recursion. Down the street from the record
shop where Dean worked was Team Love Records, a record label that had relocated from Sugar Street in NYC's East Village to Church Street in New Paltz. The folks at Team Love and Dean found themselves
spending way too much time discussing favorite Cat's Miaow singles and post-Young Marble Giants projects.
On February 10th, 2015, Team Love will release the first official longplayer by QUARTERBACKS. It's 19 songs played in 22 minutes. It's fast, broken-hearted and full of people, places and things. QUARTERBACKS was recorded at the Tin Roof Sessions Studio in New Paltz by Kyle Gilbride (Swearin,' Waxahatchee, Radiator Hospital) in less than 12 hours.1. Usual
2. Not in Luv
4. Stay in Luv
8. The Dogs
10. Last Boy
11. Never Go
12. Prove Me Wrong
14. Simple Songs
17. Love Seat
19. Point Nine$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Holst The Planets (Awaiting Repress)Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra for this audiophile recording of Holst's The Planets.
The scoring of the Planets is rich and extravagant (quadruple wood-wind, enormous brass and a percussion section requiring three players, not to mention such exotic additions as bass flute, bass tuba and organ) and yet the sound is always clear and transparent. There are two other ingredients to add to this formula - melodic invention and a great sense of rhythm. Holst had these in plenty. If his methods seemed novel during his life-time they have become commonplace since - but never dull.
The suite opens with Mars, the Bringer of War with its relentless, hammering five four rhythm. The movement is in simple ternary form. Brass dominates in the tremendous build-up and release of forces....
Venus, the Bringer of Peace is also the goddess of love and Holst allows his music more sensuality than elsewhere. Gone are the harsh pounding rhythm and snarling brass. They are replaced by serenity and coolness...
Mercury, the Winged Messenger is a symphonic scherzo of unparalleled lightness and volatility. The effect is obtained by mixing tonalities and time signatures. The distant keys of B flat and E are juxtaposed and there is a constant mixture of triple and duple time...
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity comes as a contrast to the vapid Mercury, with its boisterous dances and broad hymn tune...The king of gods would surely have been pleased with such a regal anthem...
Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age is Holst at his deepest and most intensely personal. It is an excursion into cold and dreary open spaces so often explored right up to the end of his life. The syncopated oscillations between two dissonant chords seem to be borrowed from Schoenberg while the slow melody of the double basses surely epitomizes senescence itself...
Uranus, the Magician: Trumpets and trombones blare out a portentous invocation, echoed by tubas and timpani. Bassoons are next on the scene to establish the piece's galumphing 6/4 gate...
Neptune, the Mystic: This is real music of the stars - free from all earthly sentiment. It is a vision of remote beauty and ideal perfection. Silvery sounds unfold yet without the remotest suggestion of a theme to disturb the spiritual concentration. There is constant shifting of harmony and changing tone colour. The icy tinkling of celesta and glockenspiel and the wordless, disembodied female chorus which floats over and around the closing pages were later (some 35 years later) to find their way into Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia Antarctica. There is, and can be, no end to this music - it fades away but cannot die: it is as infinite as space itself and as intangible as the most distant parts of the subconscious. - from liner notes
This title is not eligible for discount.Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
The Planets - suite
1. I. Mars, the Bringer of War - Allegro
2. II. Venus, The Bringer of Peace - Adagio
3. III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger - Vivace
4. IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity - Allegro giocoso
5. V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age - Adagio
6. VI. Uranus, the Magician - Allegro
7. VII. Neptune, the Mystic - Andante$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Band Of Outsiders (Awaiting Repress)
Limited Edition Black And Red Splattered Vinyl
When jazz hits you in the face with a stack of bricks, Mike Dillon is there...twisting chaos into order before turning it back on itself again. -Splinters & Candy
The Mike Dillon Band is a predictably gruesome and sublime elixir of stealthy jazz vibes, street poetry raps and post-punk sonic carnage. -Boulder Weekly
A body in motion tends to stay in motion, at least when The Mike Dillon Band is supplying the dance music. The psychedelic rock group shakes and gyrates with heavy, vibraphone driven grooves, delivering a steady stream of infectious rhythms and hypnotic percussion. -Pittsburgh City Paper
How many artists can claim being praised a punk rock provocateur, jazz vibraphone visionary and percussion virtuoso in the same sentence? There's only one: Mike Dillon. Whether through his affiliation with artists like Les Claypool, Brave Combo and Ani DiFranco, collaborations such as Garage A Trois, The Dead Kenny Gs and Critters Buggin or bands he's fronted, including Billy Goat and Hairy Apes BMX, the Texas-native has set his own standard for 25 years now.
With his latest effort, Band of Outsiders-released via Brooklyn label The Royal Potato Family-Mike Dillon has conjured the perfect storm of all these past endeavors. His manic creative vision found its match in three young musicians he met in New Orleans. Carly Meyers-whom Dillon describes as "a High Priestess of Trombone who channels the energy of Iggy Pop through the chops of JJ Johnson in second-line parade"-provides harmonic counterpoint to his vibes and percussion ("All Walks of Life") as she simultaneously ups the band's art-rock ante ("Carly Hates The Dubstep"). The rhythm section of bassist Patrick McDevitt and drummer Adam Gertner turns on a dime between snarling punk rock assaults ("Homeland Insecurity"), deep funky go-go ("Head"), ska grooves ("Here The Burro") and experimental hip-hop beats ("7AM At The Jazzfest") with all points covered in between.
Dillon recorded Band of Outsiders at Studio Center in Miami with the help of co-producers Gary Vandy and Richard Maloney Jr. Vandy is an old school engineer whose work includes over 200 platinum records predominantly in the disco and dance genres. His love of Zappa is what attracted him to Dillon's work. In the age of pro-tools chicanery, the production is straightforward, capturing Dillon and his band playing live in a room.
"Two tours of Mexico and a steady dose of Brazilian music was the jumping off point for these new songs," explains Dillon. "Add our love for The Melvins, Deerhoof, Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys, Trouble Funk and all things New Orleans and this album surpasses our intention to make the freakiest, most vibrant dance music on the planet."
Lyrically speaking, Mike Dillon draws from his love of Miguel de Cervantes, William Burroughs, Kurt Vonnegut and Robert Anton Wilson to tell stories of New Orleans debauchery mixed with age-old themes of travel, love, self-destruction and greed. Delivered with Dillon's trademark vocal rasp, the record has the intensity of a Tom Waits-meets-Frank Zappa black comedy. Rumor has it that Dillon lived for the past seven years in the same apartment that Waits shared with Rickie Lee Jones. Dillon discounts those rumors: This apartment has housed dudes from Morning 40 Federation, Ani DiFranco, an old Conga player and a bunch of heroin addicts."
Taken in its entirety, Mike Dillon's Band of Outsiders is a snapshot of four musicians hitting full stride. Having relentlessly toured the country in 2013-both headlining and opening for artists like Fishbone, Clutch, Primus and Galactic-its 13 songs bristle with a group mind, spill over the sides with the visions invoked during countless dead-of-night drives crisscrossing the country in a van and hit their target with a sonic assault only possible from a band that's played 400-plus shows over the last two years.
"People are always trying to figure out how to describe our music. Maybe we should call it New Orleans punk jazz Brazilian math rock? It's a gumbo of tribal percussion, The Meters, old school hardcore, Brazil, hard bop and anything else that might move us," concludes Dillon. "But you know, I really don't care what you call it. We kick out the jams harder than anyone, and we also know when to heed the lessons of The Minutemen's Double Nickels On The Dime and keep things straight to the point. There's a reason we called the record what we did. We're the living, breathing definition of a band of outsiders, but together we deliver simple majestic beauty, let's leave it at that."1. Head
2. Hand of God
3. Homeland Insecurity
4. Hero The Burro
5. Carly Hates The Dubstep
6. Great Lakes Tuna
8. All Walks of Life 9. Celebrate the Hate
10. 7AM at the Jazzfest
11. So Long Pal
12. Baby Flint Talk
13. Dauphine & Desire$16.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Journey Man"In my music," says Goldie, "is everything I've learned, everyone I've met, everything I've experienced." And it's been an incredible trip. The maverick innovator - who rewrote the future of the jungle scene with landmark releases that still sound like they were kidnapped from tomorrow - has a unique story to tell. From children's homes in the West Midlands through stints in New York and Miami as one of the UK's most celebrated exponents of graffiti art to rubbing shoulders with an exceptional list of musical collaborators including David Bowie, Noel Gallagher and KRS-One, Goldie has defiantly, definitively, done it his own way. "I'm an alchemist," he likes to insist. "I practice the dark arts of messing with the form of something solid."
Though marriage and his passion for bikram yoga have, he says, proved a calming influence, these days he's just as full of inspired, out-there ideas as he was back in 1993 when he did his first cover interview for the rave magazine Generator. "My music is about fallout," he said then, "about the damage that has been done to the system." Today, in the office of one of his London-based contacts, the ideas are still sparking. "Drum'n'bass has done to electronic music what graffiti has done to the art world," he muses, before launching into a rapid-fire synthesis of art history, dancefloor evolution and his own hyperactive brand of self-actualization, which loosely translates as: "Why do something ordinary when you can do something extraordinary?"
It sums up the reason why, in 1994, music critic Simon Reynolds famously observed: "Goldie revolutionized jungle not once but three times. First, there was Terminator (pioneering the use of time stretching), then Angel (fusing Diane Charlemagne's live vocal with David Byrne/Brian Eno samples to prove that hardcore could be more conventionally musical), now there's Timeless, a 22-minute hardcore symphony." Each of these were moments that shaped the musical fabric of the decade and beyond, presaging Goldie's transition from the underground rave scene into the world of bona fide A- list superstars.
But it didn't start out like that. The boy who would become Goldie was born Clifford Price on 19 September 1965, just as The Rolling Stones hit the top of the charts with Satisfaction. His dad Clement, originally from Jamaica, had been plying his trade as a foundryman in Leeds. His mum Margaret, who had been born in Glasgow, was a popular singer in the pubs and clubs of the West Midlands. Barely more than a toddler, Goldie was just three when she placed him into foster care (though she kept his younger brother Melvin). He still remembers, he says, the day the social workers came to take him away.
Over the next 15 years, he bounced between a series of foster homes and local government institutions around the Walsall area. His eclectic musical taste was forged, he reckons, in those same local authority homes listening to the sonic tangle of other teenagers' record collections. "In one room," he says, "a kid would be playing Steel Pulse while through the wall someone else had a Japan record on and another guy would be spinning Human League." On rare visits to see his dad, he'd lie sprawled over the living room couch, listening to Jazz FM, marveling at the lavishly-tooled '80s productions of Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, David Sanborn and Michael Franks, adding further layers to his complex musicography.
Already developing the irresistible urge to excel that has marked his inimitable musical career, Goldie's first love was roller-hockey. He earned a place as goalkeeper in England's national squad before the lure of music overtook the lure of sport. After discovering electro and hip hop, he grew his hair - the "goldilocks" that won him his nickname - and joined a breakdance crew called the B-Boys in nearby Wolverhampton. He also discovered graffiti. "They called me 'the spray can king of the Midlands'," he says proudly. His talent was undeniable, bringing him to the attention not only of Britain's Arts Council but to Dick Fontaine, producer of a Channel 4 TV documentary on graffiti. Fontaine's 1987 film Bombin' captured a visit to the UK by New York artist Brim Fuentes. Brim met Goldie and his B-Boys crew in Wolverhampton's Heathtown before heading a dozen miles away to Birmingham's Handsworth, where the producer filmed the aftermath of rioting that had left four dead, 35 injured and dozens of stores burned out. Several months later, Fontaine reversed the process and took Goldie to New York, introducing him to hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa. For Goldie, on his first trip abroad, never mind his first trip over the Atlantic, the Big Apple was love at first sight. Back in Britain, he begged, borrowed and saved until he had enough to fund a return trip to the Bronx.
"I started painting the trains and getting involved on the streets," he says, remembering his total immersion in what was still, at that point, an emerging culture. Art and music as symbiotic technologies. Rubbing shoulders with the Big Apple's best graffiti artists, his own distinctive style was accelerated and enriched. A move to Miami followed. He worked in the flea markets, he says, "painting trucks for drug dealers" and developing a sideline in gold jewelry that included the distinctive grills that became a trademark on his return to the UK. The magical properties of shaping, working and bending precious metals to his will - as close to alchemy as the modern world gets - became an analogue for the way he prefers to operate in the studio, chasing quicksilver dreams, mercury-fast rivulets of imagination into impossibly lush, breakbeat concertos. Back in Britain, Goldie found himself seduced by the sweetheart of the rave. Though it took him eight attempts to get entry into the club, at London's Rage in 1991 he marveled at the alternate sonic worlds being forged by Fabio and Grooverider behind the decks. "It really flipped me out," he remembers. Soon he found himself in the orbit of Dego McFarlane and Mark Clair. Their label Reinforced was in the vanguard of breakbeat, issuing astonishing records that stripped out boundaries and limits while setting the tone for the scene's sense of adventure. At first, he helped out doing artwork and a bit of A&R. But soon he was in Reinforced's Internal Affairs studio watching intently as Mark and Dego recorded tracks like Cookin' Up Ya Brain and Journey From The Light. "I was watching what they could do," says Goldie, "trying to gauge the possibilities of the technology." Soon he was getting involved. "I remember one session we did that lasted over three days," he says, "just experimenting, pushing the technology to its limits. We'd come up with mad ideas and then try to create them. We were sampling from ourselves and then resampling, twisting sounds around and pushing them into all sorts of places."
What followed was a series of inspired break-driven releases such as Killa Muffin, Dark Rider and Menace. Then Terminator, with its writhing drum loop, dropped and suddenly Goldie's name was on everyone's lips. He followed up with the equally revolutionary Angel, tilting the axis towards the lush, trippy textures that made 1995's debut album Timeless the drum'n'bass scene's first platinum album. Incredibly, given what was happening elsewhere in the scene at the time, the recording of the album's epic title track began as far back as 1993, when most other producers were still focused on the original sonic tropes of hardcore rave.
Timeless was a masterpiece - of production, of songwriting, of sonic perfection and breakbeat futurism. Even today, it still sounds as astonishingly new and inspired as it did back on those early pre-release cassettes circulated by London Records in the early months of 1995 when Goldie was still living on the 18th floor of a North London tower block.
By then, Goldie had already set up his own record label - Metalheadz - with his friends the DJ duo Kemistry and Storm. Along with studio collaborator, Rob Playford's Moving Shadow and LTJ Bukem's Looking Good imprint, Metalheadz helped to define drum'n'bass as a distinct musical format with singles by J Majik, Asylum and Goldie himself. Still bursting with energy, he then launched a legendary club night, Metalheadz Sunday Sessions, at London's Blue Note. The scene's best producers - among them revolutionary artists like Photek, Source Direct, Peshay and Dillinja - would compete to have their latest recordings debuted at the club and the scene's faithful came from far and wide to hear the best tunes before anyone else. "Those nights at the Blue Note were magical," he recalls. "It was an underground phenomenon that became an institution." David Bowie, who was making the drum'n'bass-influenced album Earthling at the time, fell in love with the place. "I remember popping out to take a break from all the madness inside the club," says Goldie. "He was outside having a cigarette, a bit of a breather. We chatted for a bit, looked at each other, grinned and then plunged back into it all. It was just that kind of place."
Goldie is one of only a handful of artists ever to co-write with Bowie - on the track Truth from the drum'n'bass pioneer's second album Saturnz Return. Released in 1998, the album also saw his vision become more expansive (the opening track, Mother, clocked in at just over an hour). The album's collaborative approach included guest spots from rap legend KRS-One, Sex Pistols manager and all-around provocateur Malcolm McLaren, super-producer Trevor Horn and Oasis main man Noel Gallagher (on the single Temper Temper).
Fuelled by the limitless creativity that has been the hallmark of his career to date, Goldie next turned to acting. He reunited with Bowie in Andrew Goth's 1999 thriller Everybody Loves Sunshine then took the part of Bullion in the 1999 James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough. Other box office smashes - including Guy Ritchie's crime heist caper Snatch - followed before he joined the cast of BBC1 soap opera EastEnders, playing the gangster Angel Hudson.
A series of blockbuster TV appearances - on shows such as Maestro (where he learned to conduct an orchestra), Classic Goldie (which saw him perform his own orchestral composition at the Royal Albert Hall in the summer of 2009) and Goldie's Band: By Royal Appointment.
The orchestral training proved useful. In 2014, he translated his original vision for Timeless into the stunning Timeless (Sine Tempore). Performed live with the Heritage Orchestra at the Wilderness Festival to suitably rapturous acclaim, the performance was repeated the following year as part of the Meltdown Festival at London's Royal Festival Hall. In between, he found time to unveil Fragments Of Gold, a piece inspired by medieval chants that he performed live in Glasgow Cathedral.
Drum'n'bass, of course, has remained a consistent passion, both through his Metalheadz label and his releases under the Rufige Kru moniker (2007's Malice In Wonderland and 2009's Memoirs Of An Afterlife). "Technologically," he says, "breakbeat has managed to surpass all other forms of music to date. There isn't a recording engineer alive who can tell me there's any other form of music that is more complex than the music we make." Goldie has also recently announced he will be releasing a brand new double album 'The Journey Man' this year. The album comprises two parts, 16 brand new tracks in total, all written and produced by Goldie. It also features a host of collaborators handpicked by Goldie to help realize his vision for the album.
"I often look at music not so much as a producer but like a director. You're drawing together engineers, performers and arrangers to create something special, something magical. It's like alchemy. The notes, the music, the lyrics, they're all in my head and each element has to be communicated and brought to life to create the finished track. I'm always inspired by great movie directors - people like Stanley Kubrick and PT Anderson - and, if you think about it, it's quite a similar approach. They start off with a vision and then they use that vision to deploy the actors and the cameramen and the editors in order to create the finished film."
Collaborators on 'The Journey Man' album include vocalist and songwriter Natalie Duncan, who was discovered when chosen in the three-part BBC series 'Goldie's Band By Royal Appointment' and later provided the vocals for Goldie's 2012 single 'Freedom'. Other featured vocalists on the album include Terri Walker, Tyler Lee Daly, Natalie Williams, JosÉ James, Naomi Pryor as well as Goldie's wife, Mika Wassenaar Price.
'The Journey Man' will be released through Cooking Vinyl and Goldie's own record label, Metalheadz.
Goldie's love affair with painting has remained consistent too and he continues to exhibit visual work that's just as dazzling as his sonic output. Beginning with Night Writers, the 1986 exhibition at Wolverhampton's art gallery that introduced Goldie and his Supreme Graffiti Team to the British Arts Council, his shows have defined a unique aesthetic that's all his own. And through them all, from 1987's Rockin' The City in Birmingham (where he exhibited alongside Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja) and the 1988 Crucial Creators exhibition in Walsall to more recent gallery events like 2007's Love Over Gold and 2012's Athleticizm collection (including portraits of London Olympics stars such as Victoria Pendleton, Tom Daley and Jessica Ennis), runs a consistent thread of energy, experimentalism and boundary-pushing. His 2013 collection, Lost Tribes, an innovative series of pieces fusing Goldie's style with the artistic expression of the ancient peoples of Africa, Asia and America was, he says, "my most important breakthrough".
And for the kid who lay awake, gazing at the stars, through the window of a children's home, growing up has brought some surprises. In 2012, he was selected as one of the BBC's New Elizabethans, 60 people - ranging from David Hockney to Roald Dahl, David Bowie and Tim Berners-Lee - who have helped shape British culture during the reign of Elizabeth II. Four years later, he was awarded the MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours. It's acceptance, of course, on a grand scale. But at heart, he's still the gatecrasher, amped-up on ideas, buzzing on nothing but love, hope and the certainty that, while his way might not be the easy way, it's very definitely the path of a true artist.
- Tim Barr, 2017LP 1
1. Horizons (feat. Terri Walker & Swindle)
5. The Mirrored River
1. I Adore You (w/ Ulterior Motive)
2. I Think of You
3. Truth (feat. Jose James)
1. Tu Viens Avec Moi?
2. The Ballad Celeste
3. This Is Not A Love Song
4. The River Mirrored (feat. Terri Walker)
6. Tomorrow's Not Today
7. Run Run Run$35.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Smile Sessions Box SetWith the full participation of original Beach Boys Al Jardine, Mike Love, and Brian Wilson, Capitol/EMI has, for the first time, collected and compiled the bands legendary 1966-67 sessions for the never-completed SMiLE album.
In numerous sessions between the spring of 1966 and the summer of 1967, The Beach Boys recorded a bounty of songs and drafts for an album, SMiLE, that was intended to follow the band's 1966 masterpiece, Pet Sounds. The master tapes were ultimately shelved, and The Beach Boys' SMiLE has never been released. Drawn from the original masters, The SMiLE Sessions presents an in-depth overview of The Beach Boys' recording sessions for the enigmatic album, which has achieved legendary, mythical status for music fans around the world.
This expanded, boxed edition of The SMiLE Sessions features the main SMiLE album tracks, plus four CDs of additional audio from the legendary sessions, a double vinyl LP set, and two 7 vinyl singles. The deluxe box also contains a 60-page hardbound book with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia from The Beach Boys archive and newly-written essays by Beach Boys Al Jardine, Mike Love, Brian Wilson, and Bruce Johnston, as well as by Beach Boys historian and author Domenic Priore and many other inner-circle participants.
Produced by Brian Wilson, Mark Linett, Alan Boyd and Dennis Wolfe in Los Angeles The SMiLE Sessions box set includes an assembled collection of core session tracks. It also delves much deeper into the sessions, adding early song drafts, alternate takes, instrumental and vocals-only mixes, and studio chatter. The SMiLE Sessions invites the listener into the studio to experience the album's creation, with producer, singer and bassist Brian Wilson's vision leading the way as he guides his fellow Beach Boys, singer Mike Love, drummer Dennis Wilson, lead guitarist Carl Wilson, rhythm guitarist Al Jardine, and newest member Bruce Johnston (who'd replaced Brian Wilson in the touring group during 1965), through the legendary sessions.
Artwork for all of The SMiLE Sessions has been created with and inspired by Beat-Pop artist Frank Holmes original 1967 LP sleeve art and booklet designs intended for the SMiLE album. With its three-dimensional shadowbox lid, The SMiLE Sessions box set offers a whimsical peek inside the storied SMiLE Shop.
When Capitol/EMI and The Beach Boys first announced plans for The SMiLE Sessions 2011 release, the news spread rapidly. Pitchfork reported, The Beach Boys SMiLE is quite possibly the most storied album in rock history, Billboard proclaimed the upcoming release an event that pop music fans have been waiting for since the Summer of Love, and The Washington Post called SMiLE the most legendary unreleased album of all time.
The best efforts have been taken by The Beach Boys, the producers, and Capitol/EMI to present the SMiLE album sessions most vital and fascinating elements. However, there will no doubt be some debate amongst Beach Boys fans around the world who, during the past four decades, have become familiar with a variety of widely-traded bootlegged bits and pieces from the sessions. As recently explained by the Detroit Metro Times, No album, released or not, has generated a more personal relationship with its audience, since no two people can ever agree on its content and purpose.
Beginning with Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys best-selling record in a long string of hits, Brian Wilson had begun to construct songs in a modular form, crafting individual sections that would later be edited together to form a coherent whole. In several intense bursts of creative energy, Wilson, drawing on the talents of the finest studio musicians in Los Angeles and utilizing the best studio facilities available on any given day, laid down dozens of musical fragments, all designed to fit together in any number of possible combinations. No one had done this before in pop music, and his next endeavor would be an album-length version of this unique and luxurious songwriting parlance: SMiLE.
In 1965, Brian Wilson met an up-and-coming session keyboard player and songwriter, Van Dyke Parks. Noticing Parks' conversational eloquence, Wilson felt that he could help to volley The Beach Boys songwriting into the wave of broader-messaged and socially-conscious rock 'n' roll that would come to define the '60s. They were soon collaborating on keynote songs for SMiLE, including Heroes And Villains, the bands follow-up single to Good Vibrations. Wilson and Parks would also co-write Surf's Up, Vega-Tables, Cabin Essence, Do You Like Worms, Wonderful, Wind Chimes, and other pieces of the SMiLE tapestry. Parks also introduced Frank Holmes to create album sleeve art and a booklet interpreting the albums James Joyce-mode lyrics.
The reason SMiLE did not see a release in 1967 had more to do with back room business that obscured the creative side of the program than anything else. In late 1966, The Beach Boys formed Brother Records, initially to produce outside artists. Soon, however, The Beach Boys would become embroiled in a court action with Capitol Records with the goal to become the top-selling artists on their self-owned, independent label. The group withheld Heroes And Villains and announced they would instead release Vega-Tables recorded with the bands own money in April of '67 on Brother Records. By July of 1967, Capitol Records and The Beach Boys had come to terms, with Capitol agreeing to distribute the bands Brother Records, and it was agreed that SMiLE was no longer to be the bands next album.LP 1
1. Our Prayer
3. Heroes and Villains
4. Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock)
5. I'm In Great Shape
7. My Only Sunshine (The Old Master Painter/You Are My Sunshine)
8. Cabin Essence
2. Look (Song for Children)
3. Child Is Father Of the Man
4. Surf's Up
1. I Wanna Be Around / Workshop
4. Wind Chimes
5. The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow)
6. Love to Say Dada
7. Good Vibrations
1. You're Welcome (stereo mix)
2. Vega-Tables (stereo mix)
3. Wind Chimes (stereo mix)
4. Cabin Essence (Session highlights and stereo backing track)
5. Surf's Up (Session Excerpt and Stereo mix)
Heroes and Villains Smile 7 single:
Side A: Heroes and Villains Part One
Side B: Heroes and Villains Part Two
Vega-Tables 7 single:
Side A: Vega-Tables
Side B: Surf's Up
1. Our Prayer
3. Heroes and Villains
4. Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock)
5. I'm In Great Shape
7. My Only Sunshine (The Old Master Painter/You Are My Sunshine)
8. Cabin Essence
10. Look (Song for Children)
11. Child Is Father Of the Man
12. Surf's Up
13. I Wanna Be Around / Workshop
16. Wind Chimes
17. The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow)
18. Love to Say Dada
19. Good Vibrations
20. You're Welcome
21. Heroes and Villains (Stereo mix)
22. Heroes and Villains Sections (Stereo mix)
23. Vega-Tables Demo
24. He Gives Speeches
25. Smile Backing Vocals Montage
26. Surf's Up 1967 (solo version)
27. Psycodelic Sounds: Brian Falls Into A Piano
CD 2 - Session Highlights:
1. Our Prayer Dialog (9/19/66)
2. Our Prayer (10/14/66)
Heroes and Villains
Heroes and Villains Session (10/20/66)
3. Heroes and Villains: Verse (Master take)
4. Heroes and Villains: Barnyard (Master take)
5. Heroes and Villains: I'm In Great Shape (10/27/66)
6. Heroes and Villains: Intro (Early version - circa 12/66)
Heroes and Villains Session (1/3/67)
7. Heroes and Villains: Do A Lot
8. Heroes and Villains: Back of Tricks
9. Heroes and Villains: Mission Pak
10. Heroes and Villains: Bridge To Indians
11. Heroes and Villains: Part 1 Tag
12. Heroes and Villains: Pickup To 3rd Verse
Heroes and Villains (1/27/67)
13. Heroes and Villains: Children Were Raised
14. Heroes and Villains: Part 2 (Cantina track)
15. Heroes and Villains: Whistling Bridge
16. Heroes and Villains: Cantina
17. Heroes and Villains: All Day
18. Heroes and Villains: Verse Edit Experiment
Heroes and Villains Session (2/15/67)
19. Heroes and Villains: Prelude to Fade
20. Heroes and Villains: Piano Theme
Heroes and Villains Session (2/20/67)
21. Heroes and Villains: Part 2
22. Heroes and Villains: Part 2 (Gee)(Master take)
23. Heroes and Villains: Part 2 Revised
24. Heroes and Villains: Part 2 Revised (Master take)
25. Heroes and Villains: Part 3 (Animals)(Master take)
26. Heroes and Villains: Part 4
27. Heroes and Villains: Part Two (Master take) (2/27/67)
28. Heroes and Villains: Fade (2/28/67)
Heroes and Villains Session (3/1/67)
29. Heroes and Villains: Verse Remake
30. Heroes and Villains: Organ Waltz / Intro
Heroes and Villains Session (6/14/67)
31. Heroes and Villains: Chorus Vocals
32. Heroes and Villains: Barbershop
33. Heroes and Villains: Children Were Raised (Remake)
34. Heroes and Villains: Children Were Raised (Master take Overdubs Mix 1)
35. Heroes and Villains: Children Were Raised (Master take A Capella)
36. Heroes and Villains Piano Demo (incorporating I'm In Great Shape and Barnyard) Brian with Van Dyke Parks and Humble Harve Miller, KHJ Radio (11/4/66)
37. Psycodelic Sounds: Brian Falls Into A Microphone (11/4/66)
38. Psycodelic Sounds: Moaning Laughing (11/4/66)
CD 3 - Session Highlights
Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock)
Do You Like Worms Session (10/18/66)
1. Do You Like Worms: Part 1
2. Do You Like Worms: Part 2 (Bicycle Rider)
3. Do You Like Worms: Part 3
4. Do You Like Worms: Part 4 (Bicycle Rider)
5. Do You Like Worms: Bicycle Rider Overdubs (Heroes And Villains Part 2) (1/5/67)
My Only Sunshine (The Old Master Painter / You Are My Sunshine)
6. My Only Sunshine: Parts 1 & 2 (11/14/66)
7. My Only Sunshine: Part 2 (Master Take With Vocal Overdubs) (2/10/67)
Cabin Essence Session (10/3/66)
8. Cabin Essence: Verse
9. Cabin Essence: Chorus
10. Cabin Essence: Tag
11. Wonderful (Version 1) (8/25/66)
Wonderful (Version 2 Rock With Me, Henry) Session (1/9/67)
12. Wonderful (Version 2)
13. Wonderful (Version 2 Tag)
14. Wonderful (Version 3) (4/10/67?)
Look (Song For Children)
15. Look (8/12/66)
Child Is Father Of The Man
16. Child Is Father Of The Man (Version 1) (10/7/66)
17. Child Is Father Of The Man (Version 2) (10/11/66)
18. Surf's Up: 1st Movement (11/4/66)
19. Surf's Up: Talking Horns (11/7/66)
20. Surfs Up: Piano Demo (Master Take) (12/15/66)
I Wanna Be Around / Workshop (Friday Night)
21. I Wanna Be Around (11/29/66)
Vegetables Sessions (4/4/67 4/11/67)
22. Vegetables: Verse (Master Take Track) (4/4 4/11/67)
23. Vegetables: Sleep A Lot (Chorus)
24. Vegetables: Chorus 1 (Master Take)
25. Vegetables: 2nd Chorus (Master Take Track And Backing Vocals)
26. Vegetables: Insert (Part 4) (Master Take)
Vega-Tables (Vegetables) (continued)
1. Vegetables: Fade (4/12/67)
2. Vegetables: Ballad Insert (4/14/67)
3. Holidays (9/8/66)
4. Wind Chimes (Version 1) (8/3/66)
Wind Chimes (Version 2) Session (10/5/66)
5. Wind Chimes (Version 2)
6. Wind Chimes (Version 2 Tag)
The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow)
7. The Elements (Fire) (11/28/66)
Love to Say Dada / Cool, Cool Water
Da Da Session (12/22/66)
8. Da Da (Taped Piano Strings)
9. Da Da (Fender Rhodes)
Love To Say Dada Sessions (5/16/67 - 5/18/67)
10. Love To Say Dada: Part 1 (5/16/67)
11. Love To Say Dada: Part 2 (5/17/67)
12. Love To Say Dada: Part 2 (Master Take) (5/17/67)
13. Love To Say Dada: Part 2 (Second Day) (5/18/67)
Cool, Cool Water
14. Cool, Cool Water (Version 1) (6/7/67)
15. Cool, Cool Water (Version 2) (10/26/67 & 10/29/67)
Smile Additional Sessions
16. You're Welcome (12/15/66)
17. You're With Me Tonight (6/66/7/67)
18. Tune X (3/3/673/31/67)
19. I Don't Know (1/12/67)
20. Three Blind Mice (10/15/65)
21. Teeter Totter Love (Jasper Dailey) (1/25/67 & 2/9/67)
22. Psycodelic Sounds - Underwater Chant (11/4/66)
23. Hal Blaine Vega-Tables Promo Session (11/16/66)
24. Heroes And Villains: Early Version Outtake Sections (1/67 2/67)
Good Vibrations Sessions
1. Good Vibrations: Gold Star 2/18/66 (The Pet Sounds Session)
2. Good Vibrations: Gold Star 4/9/66
3. Good Vibrations: Western 5/4/66 (First Chorus)
4. Good Vibrations: Western 5/4/66 (Second Chorus & Fade)
5. Good Vibrations: Sunset Sound 5/24/66 (Part 1)
6. Good Vibrations: Sunset Sound 5/24/66 (Parts 2 & 3)
7. Good Vibrations: Sunset Sound 5/24/66 (Part 4)
8. Good Vibrations: Western 5/27/66 (Part C)
9. Good Vibrations: Western 5/27/66 (Chorus)
10. Good Vibrations: Western 5/27/66 (Fade Sequence)
11. Good Vibrations (Inspiration): Western 6/2/66 (Part 1)
12. Good Vibrations (Inspiration): Western 6/2/66 (Part 3)
13. Good Vibrations (Inspiration): Western 6/2/66 (Part 4)
14. Good Vibrations: Western 6/16/66 (Part 1)
15. Good Vibrations: Western 6/16/66 (Part 2 & Verse)
16. Good Vibrations: Western 6/16/66 (Part 2 Continued)
17. Good Vibrations: Western 6/18/66 (Part 1)
18. Good Vibrations: Western 6/18/66 (Part 2)
19. Good Vibrations (Persuasion): Western 9/1/66
20. Good Vibrations: Western 9/1/66 (New Bridge)
21. Good Vibrations: Session Masters
22. Good Vibrations: Single Version Stereo Track
23. Good Good Good Vibrations (First Version With Overdubs) 3/66
24. Good Vibrations: Alternate Edit 8/24/66$169.992 7 Vinyl LP + 5 CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now